What is a stein with a lid called?

Answered by Bill Hernandez

A stein with a lid is commonly referred to as a stein or simply a stein. However, there are a few other names that are also used to describe this iconic German drinking vessel. One such term is Bierkrug, which translates to “beer mug” in English. This term is often used interchangeably with beer stein, but it can also refer to any open-faced or closed lid container that is used for consuming beer.

The use of lids on beer steins dates back centuries and was primarily intended to protect the beer from flies and other contaminants. The lids also helped to keep the beer cooler for longer periods of time by preventing excess heat from entering the stein. Additionally, the lid could be used as a measure of the amount of beer consumed, as it could be opened and closed with each sip.

In my personal experience as a sommelier and brewer, I have come across a variety of beer steins with different types of lids. Some steins have hinged lids that can be opened and closed, while others have fixed lids that are not meant to be opened. The hinged lids are typically adorned with decorative elements such as intricate metalwork or figurines, adding to the charm and aesthetic appeal of the stein.

Another term that is used to describe a beer stein with a lid is Bierseidel. This term is often used to refer to a stein with a fixed lid that cannot be opened. The word “seidel” is derived from the German word for pint, which further emphasizes the association with beer.

It is worth noting that the term “stein” itself has an interesting history. The word is believed to have originated from the German word “Steinzeugkrug,” which translates to “stoneware jug.” This is because traditional beer steins were made from stoneware, a type of ceramic material known for its durability and ability to retain temperature. Over time, the term “stein” became more commonly used to describe any type of beer mug or tankard, regardless of the material it was made from.

A stein with a lid can be called a beer stein, Bierkrug, or Bierseidel. These terms are often used interchangeably to describe the iconic German drinking vessel. Whether it is a hinged lid or a fixed lid, a beer stein with a lid adds a touch of tradition and nostalgia to the beer-drinking experience. So, whether you prefer to call it a beer stein or Bierkrug, raise your lid and enjoy your favorite brew in style. Prost!